Design School Diary: Adventures of a stay-at-home mom back out in the world...

So I can safely say that I've got three design classes under my belt. Here's a recap of what I've learned thus far. Not surprisingly, much of this has little to do with design.

1. I look forward to my drive each week.
Traffic or not, 25 silent minutes in the early morning is a rare treat.

2. The best laid plans usually go awry. At least in my house. 

I was so organized and prepared for my first morning of school.
Up and dressed and wearing make-up by 5:30,
 (my kids don't see this too often) 
lunches packed, breakfast table set 
and that's about where it all unraveled. 
Just as the hair dryer started to hum, 
my son called me upstairs. Bloody nose. 
Next it was crock-pot juice on my new big-girl clothes
Then as I tried to make my escape to beat the traffic, 
my daughter sent our excited greyhound bounding out the front door. 
And down the street. 
After his collar came off. 
He's never, ever done this before. 
Lesson learned? Relax
Even though it was a big day for me, 
it was just an ordinary day for the rest of the world.

3. At 36, I am an unrecognizable version of the student I was 
in my teens and twenties. 
Focused, driven, and organized, 
I actually spread my work out instead of leaving it to the last minute. 
I even retyped my class notes. 
Who am I?
I have no idea what kind of grade I will earn or how I will measure up,
 but so far, I am the best student I have ever been. 
Sorry Mom and Dad. 
I wish I knew this twenty years ago.

4. The challenge of something new, something I've wanted to pursue, something I'm not positive I will succeed at is incredibly motivating.

5. Oh, and I learned that I've been misusing the term couch my whole life.
See for yourself. 
I knew this experience would be an eye-opener.

What kind of student were you? Any life lessons that surprised you recently?
Have a great week!


  1. I love this post! So inspiring. Keep having the best time!!

  2. Oh Erin, this is all so exciting - big girl clothes and al! I have often wondered what it would be like to go back to school. What kind of student would I be I'm sure I squandered away to many hours, didn't organize myself well enough, and didn't try hard enough in my university days. I sometimes wonder, what would I have been if I had actually applied myself to my schooling?
    So cool that you get to figure all that out!

  3. I am SO inspired. I was a good student but a procrastinator. I'm still a procrastinator. I wasn't ever passionate about much of anything except maybe creative writing so I think it would be fun to study what you are actually interested in!!

    And the dog running down the street would totally happen to me.

  4. I was just thinking about you and wondering if classes had started. Well this answers my question. I'm so happy it sounds like you're right back into the classroom and enjoying it. I had the same feelings when I was in school - I felt like a more confident, motivated, and diligent student. I'm not sure if that was because I was truly excited about the material or if it was because I was more mature and ready to do a really good job. Whatever that motivation is, it's awesome and I hope you continue to enjoy your classes. Keep posting updates!

  5. Oh how I love this post! I often thing about how I would be such a better student now than I was way back when. And yes, my morning probably would have been similar to yours. :)

  6. So happy to read you are enjoying your new venture!
    Wishing you all the best! :)

  7. whoohooo!!! So happy to hear you're enjoying school even if it requires a whole lotta juggling. You are GOING to succeed! You are excited and motivated. I'm so excited for you!! Oh...and it's always a couch to me too.